rib

1
[rib]

noun

verb (used with object), ribbed, rib·bing.


Origin of rib

1
before 900; Middle English, Old English rib(b); cognate with German Rippe
Related formsrib·ber, nounrib·less, adjectiverib·like, adjective

rib

2
[rib]

verb (used with object), ribbed, rib·bing.

to tease; make fun of.

Origin of rib

2
1925–30, Americanism; apparently short for rib-tickle (v.)
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Related Words for ribbed

razz, ridge, joke, banter, needle, stay, jest, bone

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British Dictionary definitions for ribbed

rib

1

noun

any of the 24 curved elastic arches of bone that together form the chest wall in man. All are attached behind to the thoracic part of the spinal columnTechnical name: costa Compare true rib, false ribs, floating rib
the corresponding bone in other vertebrates
a cut of meat including one or more ribs
a part or element similar in function or appearance to a rib, esp a structural or supporting member or a raised strip or ridge
a structural member in a wing that extends from the leading edge to the trailing edge and maintains the shape of the wing surface
a projecting moulding or band on the underside of a vault or ceiling, which may be structural or ornamental
one of a series of raised rows in knitted fabricSee also ribbing (def. 3)
a raised ornamental line on the spine of a book where the stitching runs across it
any of the transverse stiffening timbers or joists forming the frame of a ship's hull
any of the larger veins of a leaf
a metal strip running along the top of the barrel of a shotgun or handgun and guiding the alignment of the sights
a vein of ore in rock
a projecting ridge of a mountain; spur

verb ribs, ribbing or ribbed (tr)

to furnish or support with a rib or ribs
to mark with or form into ribs or ridges
to knit plain and purl stitches alternately in order to make raised rows in (knitting)
archaic to enclose with or as if with ribs
Derived Formsribless, adjectiveriblike, adjective

Word Origin for rib

Old English ribb; related to Old High German rippi, Old Norse rif reef 1

rib

2

verb ribs, ribbing or ribbed

(tr) to tease or ridicule

noun

a joke or hoax

Word Origin for rib

C20: short for rib-tickle (vb)
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Word Origin and History for ribbed

rib

n.

Old English ribb "rib," from Proto-Germanic *rebja- (cf. Old Norse rif, Old Saxon ribbi, Old Frisian ribb, Middle Dutch, Dutch ribbe, Old High German ribba, German Rippe), literally "a covering" (of the cavity of the chest), from PIE *rebh- "to roof, cover" (cf. Greek ereptein "to roof," Old Church Slavonic rebro "rib, reef"). As an item of food from early 15c. Rib joint "brothel" is slang from 1943, probably in reference to Adam's rib (cf. rib "woman, wife," attested from 1580s).

rib

v.

"tease, fool," 1930, apparently from rib (n.); perhaps as a figurative suggestion of poking someone in the ribs. Related: Ribbed; ribbing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

ribbed in Medicine

rib

[rĭb]

n.

One of a series of long curved bones occurring in 12 pairs in humans and extending from the spine to or toward the sternum.
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ribbed in Science

rib

[rĭb]

Any of a series of long, curved bones extending from the spine and enclosing the chest cavity. In mammals, reptiles, and birds, the ribs curve toward the center of the chest and in most cases attach to the sternum (breastbone). There are 12 pairs of ribs in humans. See more at skeleton.
One of the main veins of a leaf.
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Idioms and Phrases with ribbed

rib

see stick to the ribs.

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